Twitters001 on Sep 22nd 2017 at 7:39:12 AM
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ScroogeMacDuck on Sep 27th 2017 at 3:43:29 AM
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This typically translates into a sleeping dragon who has been slumbering from millenia (though he will probably get woken up during the plot's unfolding, and that's probably bad news). Their long (sometimes millenia-long) sleep may be handwaved as dragons being so long-lived that a century-long nap is a reasonable hibernation time for them.
On the other hand, more comedic examples will take full advantage of the comedic potential of these gigantic hellbeasts acting like grouchy old men who never want to go out.
May be based on the Truth in Television that snakes (on whom the earlier European dragons were based) and, indeed, most reptiles, are prone to laying down for hours on end.
Naturally a subtrope of Our Dragons Are Different. Often combined with Orcus on His Throne and All-Powerful Bystander, depending on the power level, intelligence and general monstrosity of dragons in the setting.
- Teriarch in The Wandering Inn is quite lazy, preferring to contact his sole human friend, Lady Reinhart, through spells rather than actually visiting her. He does offer to fly to Magnolia's manor when he learns she is in danger (she's actually safe, and makes fun of the very idea he'd get out and do something), but retracts it as soon as he learns she's in no imminent peril.
- In Harry Potter, Hogwarts School's Canis Latinicus motto translates as "Don't tickle a sleeping dragon", alluding to the idea of long-slumbering dragons who may turn fierce when woken up but are safe otherwise. However, nothing references this trope with the dragons actually seen in the books later on.
- In the second part of Beowulf, the dragon Beowulf had to face is described as having been sleeping on its hoard within its lair, only awakening when a thief snuck inside and stole a goblet from its treasure.
- The Hobbit's Smaug appears to have simply been sitting on his gold for an exceedingly long time until he is enraged by Bilbo stealing from him and goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge (all of this is presumably in allusion to the Beowulf example above).
- Dungeons & Dragons. In 1st Edition Advanced D&D, all dragons encountered inside their lairs had a percentage chance of being discovered while asleep. This ranged from a low of 5% for Bahamut the Platinum Dragon to a high of 60% for a white dragon.
- Played for Black Comedy in Nightmare Ned. In the Attic/Basement level, at one point you come across a dragon head mounted on the wall... but then you see that she's actually just sleeping, and the rest of her body is visible near the wall◊. Despite this grisly introduction, she's actually really friendly. Waking her up will prompt her to tell you poems (albeit somewhat macabre ones) with a cheerful Granny Classic voice.
- Slack Wyrm centers around this trope. It features a lazy Villain Protagonist dragon who often takes advantage of the nearby villagers and other characters.
- In Kill Six Billion Demons, the dragon Demiurge Mammon has spent the last few centuries holed up in a vast Treasure Room at the heart of an infinite, extradimensional labyrinth in his fortress of Yre, attended only by the Priests of the Count who run his multiverse-spanning bank.
- In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, a dragon only poses a passive threat because of the smoke it breathes out while sleeping. Not even quakes on the mountain it nests in are enough to wake it.
- The Tom and Jerry Nutcracker feature film has a sequence where Tom finds himself in a cave inhabited by numerous sleeping dragons (whom he naturally wakes up to disastrous effect).
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